This course explores religious life in the United States. We will focus our study on groups and movements that highlight distinctive ways of being both “religious” and “American,” including the Americanization of global religions in the US context. Major themes … read more >

  • Thinking About Religion

  • Faculty: Elena Kravchenko
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 102

Nearly everyone has had some experience with something they would call “religion,” from at least a passing familiarity through the media to a lifetime of active participation in religious communities. But what do we actually mean when we use the … read more >

Prize-winning novels and novelists form the entire reading list for this class, which is interested in how writers from multiple perspectives (Christian, Jewish, pluralist, atheist, and others) have viewed the function of religion and the meaning of spirituality. This course … read more >

This course covers the major conservative thinkers from the rise of FDR to today, including Hoover, Robert Taft, William F. Buckley, Frank Meyer, Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schafly, Jerry Falwell, Ronald Reagan, the neocons, and ending with some of the younger … read more >

The United States has often been imagined as both a deeply Christian nation and a thoroughly secular republic. These competing visions of the nation have created conflict throughout American history and have made the relationship between religion and politics quite … read more >

The focus of this seminar is Mormonism, meaning, primarily, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or LDS Church), which is the largest Mormon body. In addition to introducing who the Mormons are, their beliefs and religious practices, this … read more >

This course explores the centrality of sex to religion and politics in the U.S., emphasizing Christianity (both Protestant and Catholic forms) and its weighty social and political role regulating the behavior of women and men, children and teens, as well … read more >

  • Zionism

  • Faculty: Andrew Rehfeld
  • Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 250

In this course, we trace the emergence of a number of different “Zionisms” that would lead to the creation of the modern state of Israel. And we explore how the political principles at the core of these ideologies have fared … read more >

This course explores the major diplomatic, political, legal, and economic issues shaping U.S. relations with the wider world from the 1920s through the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

This class will introduce you to key academic approaches to “ritual,” “practice,” and “performance,” and will ask whether these distinctions are important or arbitrary. Ritual studies (based in religious studies) also happens to center around the very same questions that … read more >